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RATINGS: 1321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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Inspired by a tale of a cask doctor who brought sluggish ales back to life by suspending a fig in them. Brewed from 100% Maris Otter pale ale malt, a blend of fine hops and conditioned on dates and figs. User Instructions: open bottle, pour contents into two snifters. Enjoy. ALTERNATIVELY: Walk hand-in-neck with bottle into the middle of the woods. Use shovel to dig 2x2 hole three feet deep. Seal bottle in plastic bag. Place in hole and pack with dirt. Memorize location and leave. Return exactly one year later. Dig up bottle, open and enjoy.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 Bottle: dark amber, almost maroon-like in color, cloudy & muddled with a small, off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin collar. Aroma is strong; dried, dark figs, raisins, plums, all soaked in alcohol. Boozy with sweet caramelized sugar all around. Taste is caramel & toffee malt up front, sticky & sweet with lots of figs, plums, & other dark fruits. Alcohol is very warming & very apparent. Hint of licorice in the back-end with some dry, ashy, & lightly floral hops leaving a bitter presence in the aftertaste along with brown sugar, toffee, & dates. Syrupy body, very thick. Not a bad barleywine at all, especially in the 4-pack format.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMMillsy (1756) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle from Tipples. Pours orange with a small off white head. Aroma of booze, sweet caramel, figs, fruits. Big and sweet. Flavor is also huge sweetness, fruit flavors, honey and caramel, booze, and a little more booze. Heavy bodied, medium carbonation, hot on the throat. This was decent enough I guess. Wouldn’t pay the $5 or $6 again for a bottle again though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koskela (401) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 6, 2015
Sweet malty aromas mix with fig and fruit come from this cloudy red orange brew. A full body sweet figgy taste comes with the alcohol taste and burn mixes with the bitterness in the aftertaste. Not bad for a barley wine even though the color isn't what I expected.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3349) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 1, 2003
hmmm, something off here-way to sweet and definately not hoppy. appearance was definately not that great either

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (13538) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2003
Blazing golden brown. You can tell by the colour that only pale malts were used, but I wouldn't have guessed Maris Otter. Light fruit note, with a little bit of toastiness. Sweet palate with alcohol burn coming through. Fading leafy hop on the left. Too simple to be a top-flight barley wine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Looks like a great beer. Amber colored, pours with large white head. Taste of figs, and twigs. Finish is terrible, very metallic and slightly acidic. I've got another bottle, I hope it improves with age, but I doubt it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Thick amber liquid with a smaller lid of cream colored bubbles. Light fruity notes, similar to a triple, a hint of floral soap as well. Sweet honey flavors. Raisins and overripe plums. Light alcohol in the finish along with a touch of gut warming. Too sweet and not much character.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Alcohol overwhelms a bit and hte beer is somewhat oen dimension. Not a bad beer bu tnot thick and complex like most great barleywine. On the plus side, the beer initial flavor of sweet prunes and caramel last through the beer and make the beer pretty enjoyable

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2004
Surprisingly pale golden. Light hops sweet, touch of figs. Surprisingly light on the tongue, but almost slick from the alcohol. Not a lot of hot alcohol, but its presence it felt rather than tasted. Clean and rather sterile. Not much flavor depth.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2004
12oz Bottle Packaged 01/04 Poured a hazy orange glowing body with a thin film of white head. Wonderful fruits in the aroma are dampened by pure alcohol. Has a Belgian spiciness to the aroma as well. Body is creamy and effervescent at the same time which surprised me a bit. Flavor is weighted by alcohol which detracts here also. Some good dried fruit flavors and a sugary malt concoction is what should stand out here but is buried by alcohol. Overall would have been better at 10% or so.


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